Willard James McLain

February 3, 1938 ~ May 27, 2022 (age 84)


McLain, Willard James.

 Willard (Bill) was born on February 3,1938 in Sunbury, Northumberland, PA to Willard Thomas and Dorothy Elizabeth Holmes McLain. He passed unexpectedly on May 27, 2022 at Tucson Medical Center in Arizona. When he was young his family moved to Philadelphia, PA where he graduated from Northeast High School in 1957. Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in 1956 becoming an Electrician’s Mate First Class, transferring from active duty in 1961 to the US Naval Reserves where he retired as a Mineman First Class in 1987. On June 6, 1959, he married the love of his life, Patricia Mary Townsend and they had 4 children, Denise Young (Frank), Gary, Linda Michel (John), and Brenda. He was an awesome Dad, who taught his children to fix just about everything! After moving his family to West Chester, PA, Bill worked at TV Guide for many years as an electrician, and as Facility Director at Fidelity Mutual Life, both in Radnor, PA. After retiring in 1997, he and his wife moved to Cape Coral, FL before relocating to Tucson, AZ in 2006. He enjoyed golfing, working out at the gym, camping, hunting, and spending time with his family. Even when his children double-jinxed his hunting efforts to spare the animals, he forgave us. Bill was a member of The Pines Golf Course and LA Fitness Marana, AZ; American Legion Post 134 West Chester PA; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8463 Cape Coral, FL; Fleet Reserve Branch 118; US Navy Memorial Plank Owner. Besides his wife and daughters, he is survived by Grandchildren Angela, Heather, Tegan, John and Meredith, and Great-Grandchildren Zachary, Xander, Zoie, Dragan, Chandler, Lily, Gavin, Stryker and niece, Donna. He was preceded in death by his son, his parents, and his sister Dorothy McLain Freeman. Arrangements are being handled by Desert Sunset Funeral Home, Tucson, AZ and Epler Funeral Home, 210 King Street, Northumberland, PA. Visitation at Epler Funeral Home will take place June 10, 2022, from 11-1, with Service immediately following. Interment will follow the Service at Riverview Cemetery, 7th and Orange Streets, Northumberland, PA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the sender’s favorite charity.

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